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Wildlife Circus Bonanza • July 20th, 2016

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This WednesdayJuly 20th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT. 
Project: Wildlife Circus Bonanza    
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Akbar, the Freshmaker! 

The colors are bright, the drinks are fresh, the ambience is accepting and welcoming, the night is perfect for a summertime outing, we will be waiting for you!

I’ve got for you:
6 Picnic Lion Kits
6 Carousel Horse and Giraffe Kits
8 Paper Bag Animal Kits: Owl, Fox, Bear, Raccoon
8 Mini Plate Owl Kits: 4 of them Purple, 4 of them Orange/Yellow

I’ve been in a complex head space this year, brain tied in knots mulling over the madness of humanity mixed with the hope of human possibility.

I’ve been asking myself, is it worth the incremental gains, to keep doing this CraftNight thing, fighting the collective malaise of our time and chipping away at big-city cynicism and self-centeredness every goddamn week one googly eye, one puffball, one drop of glue at a time?

The answer is yes.

Because sitting inside a Sisyphean mindset of hopelessness and resignation just isn’t going to do a single cotton-pickin’ thing. And no, it’s not a cakewalk, but no one said that hope is free, and no one said we get to eat rose petals, fried pickles, and honey all day long.
In the words of Albert Camus, “Life in the face of pain is the ultimate revolt.”

Therefore, please come to CraftNight and share with us but a moment of your revolt, your freedom, your passion.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

****JULY THANGS: 
AKBAR MONDAY, JULY 18th >>> IAN MACKINNON & TRAVIS WOOD present • PLANET QUEER: 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

Doors: 7:30 PM• Show: 8 PM • $5 all night
Planet Queer is making its 4th orbit around the Sun! Come celebrate 4 years of Queer performance, art, music, dance and more! Get the details HERE

SORORITY: The MONEY Edition 
The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre • Jul 21 at 10 PM to 2 AM • literary salon slash party vibes
wine, beer, coffee drinks and kombucha
 >>>> Readings and scenes from PROVVIDENZA CATALANO, AMANDA-FAYE JIMENEZ, KAIT SCHUSTER, INEZ PARRA, MALICE, PACO, RICH YAP, MEGAN AUSTER-ROSEN, ARIEL SHEPHERD-OPPENHEIM, SUJEY LEE COLON + MIA MALDONADO, and ASHLEY GRAHAM from san francisco!
GET TICKETS NOW!


MONDAY • JULY 25th • AKBAR • Bet Yer Bottom BINGOOOOO!!!!
Theme: MuuMuus and Caftans! More info on FB Event Page HERE! 

PARTY at the AUTRY (Start of the Summer series!) 
Autry Museum’s popular summer dance series, Thursday evenings July 7–August 18. All ages welcome, reservations recommended
6:00 p.m. Tacos and drinks available for purchase
6:00–8:00 p.m. Galleries and Autry Store open
6:30 p.m. Music begins
7:30 p.m. Complimentary dance lesson led by Enio Cordoba

 

Posted by on July 18, 2016 in Assembly Craft

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Underwater Bliss • July 13th, 2016

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This WednesdayJuly 13th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT. 
Project: Underwater Bliss Craft Kit Times    
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Akbar, take me away!

Things are heating up in more ways than one.
In the midst of everything, let’s do some crafts.

CraftNight craft kits engineered for prime excellence are here to remind you that it’s summertime. Your kit contains mermaids, sea creatures, and extra sparkly bits! All you’ve got to  do is empty the contents of the kit on the table, follow or unfollow the directions, and spend some contemplative time assembling the pieces however you like.

The ocean is the world’s most shared resource, something we all have together. You yourself and everyone you know is 57% agua. The sea calls to us all the time, perhaps heed it’s call, get on your flippy-floppys, and go to the water. Mermaids, crabs and jellyfish can’t be wrong.
See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


July Films, Performances, Salons, Gambling, Dancing: 

July 7th – 17th Check out OUTFEST and feast your eyeballs on the best LGBT films this side of the Rio Grande!


AKBAR MONDAY, JULY 18th >>> IAN MACKINNON & TRAVIS WOOD present • PLANET QUEER: 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

Doors: 7:30 PM• Show: 8 PM • $5 all night
Planet Queer is making its 4th orbit around the Sun! Come celebrate 4 years of Queer performance, art, music, dance and more! Get the details HERE

SORORITY: The MONEY Edition 
The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre • Jul 21 at 10 PM to 2 AM • literary salon slash party vibes
wine, beer, coffee drinks and kombucha
 >>>> Readings and scenes from PROVVIDENZA CATALANO, AMANDA-FAYE JIMENEZ, KAIT SCHUSTER, INEZ PARRA, MALICE, PACO, RICH YAP, MEGAN AUSTER-ROSEN, ARIEL SHEPHERD-OPPENHEIM, SUJEY LEE COLON + MIA MALDONADO, and ASHLEY GRAHAM from san francisco!
GET TICKETS NOW!


MONDAY • JULY 25th • AKBAR • Bet Yer Bottom BINGOOOOO!!!!
Theme: MuuMuus and Caftans! More info on FB Event Page HERE! 

PARTY at the AUTRY (Start of the Summer series!) 
Autry Museum’s popular summer dance series, Thursday evenings July 7–August 18. All ages welcome, reservations recommended
6:00 p.m. Tacos and drinks available for purchase
6:00–8:00 p.m. Galleries and Autry Store open
6:30 p.m. Music begins
7:30 p.m. Complimentary dance lesson led by Enio Cordoba

 

Posted by on July 11, 2016 in Assembly Craft

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Relaxing Glitter Coloring Sheets • July 6th, 2016

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TONIGHT! WednesdayJuly 6th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT
Project: Relaxing Glitter Coloring Sheets    
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Good times in every glass! 

I’m going to play easy listening, and we’re going to settle in with some beautiful shiny glittery coloring sheets.
They have themes, these coloring sheets.
Some of them have foxes on them, some of them are about mermaids, others tell the story of the primeval world.
We’re taking it easy, because the 4th of July weekend was action-packed!

Besides, there’s such an emphasis on “blazing your own trail” and “re-inventing the wheel” and “coming up with your specially voiced plan” and I have every belief that we’re all doing that… but sometimes it’s just nice to not have to run every goddamn thing.
Sometimes it’s nice to chill out in a basic way and relax!

So tonight, there is a decidedly uncomplicated project waiting for you at CraftNight.

Have a cocktail, experience the air conditioning, empty your mind of the day’s kerfuffles, chill out with a chilled beverage, and color inside the lines.  

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

Coming UP in Your Hot Hot City

July Heat Superfun: 

AKBAR this Friday >>>> Jeff Rasul Presents: *****BUMP***** 10PM-2AM $5 Cover
A monthly dance party at AKBAR every second Friday of the month.
DJ Steve Cunningham • Spinning 90’s House and Dance • Hot Go-Go Studs

PARTY at the AUTRY (Start of the Summer series!) 
Autry Museum’s popular summer dance series, Thursday evenings July 7–August 18. All ages welcome, reservations recommended
6:00 p.m. Tacos and drinks available for purchase
6:00–8:00 p.m. Galleries and Autry Store open
6:30 p.m. Music begins
7:30 p.m. Complimentary dance lesson led by Enio Cordoba

AKBAR MONDAY, JULY 18th >>> IAN MACKINNON & TRAVIS WOOD present • PLANET QUEER: 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
Doors: 7:30 PM• Show: 8 PM • $5 all night
Planet Queer is making its 4th orbit around the Sun! Come celebrate 4 years of Queer performance, art, music, dance and more!

SORORITY: The MONEY Edition 

The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre • Jul 21 at 10 PM to 2 AM • literary salon slash party vibes
wine, beer, coffee drinks and kombucha
>>>> Readings and scenes from PROVVIDENZA CATALANO, AMANDA-FAYE JIMENEZ, KAIT SCHUSTER, INEZ PARRA, MALICE, PACO, RICH YAP, MEGAN AUSTER-ROSEN, ARIEL SHEPHERD-OPPENHEIM, SUJEY LEE COLON + MIA MALDONADO, and ASHLEY GRAHAM from san francisco!
GET TICKETS NOW!

MONDAY • JULY 26th • AKBAR • Bet Yer Bottom BINGOOOOO!!!!
Theme: MuuMuus and Caftans!

Our balls are getting steamy and tropical this month, and we will have glorious prizes for you!
Patron Cintronge, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, Tijuana Sweet Heat 100% Agave Nectar Tequila, Jim Beam Bonded Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey!!! 50 cents a card, come support the arts and GAMBLE!


 

Posted by on July 6, 2016 in Coloring Craft

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Pasta and Bean Mosaics • June 29th, 2016

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This WednesdayJune 29th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT. 
Project: Pasta Bean Mosaics    
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: The good life at a great price, guaranteed! 

Consider the lowly bean, and the lowly noodle.
Perhaps you’ve just been eating them mindlessly in a distracted way, but have you been really thinking about these food items carefully?
Perhaps you’ve just slurped ramen noodles into your face without a single thought about who made them, where they came from, and what they do for society.

You can keep walking past legumes and starches, or you can pause, and you can see these objects differently for a night, maybe even see them as ART.

Pasta and beans are usually unremembered, but not THIS night.

This won’t be the first time we’ve made mosaics with pasta and beans, and it won’t be the last. But even as I type this, in my studio, right behind me is a portrait of me that my friend, Kendra, made about 10 years ago, and it is one of the coolest things I own, and I cherish it. It’s not so much that it’s me, but the fact that she calmly sat there and put together a bunch of tiny, dried, perishable shapes together to make a visual idea.

I hope that pasta and bean mosaic-making interferes with your mind, and that your summer is enhanced by the experience.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

Coming UP in Your Hot Hot City

JULY 3rd AKBAR 2pm: BEARS IN SPACE 7th Anniversary w/DJ Harvey!!!!
THE GRILLED CHEESE TRUCK• IRIS’ PETITE BAKE SHOPPE • HUNTEES T-SHIRTS • LAG VINTAGE >>>>  Here’s the FB Link to find out more

4th of July FIREWORKS (will be everywhere… but also here!) 
KJLH 4th of July Fireworks at Exposition Park Check it OUT 
Family fun, music and fireworks!! Food trucks, carnival rides and info booths!
Music Stages: Timothy Bloom, Joshua Ledet, Gourdan Banks, Andrew Gouche and Band of Brothers, Rory Darvel and the Ultimate Tribute to Prince, Shaun B, Zeia King and N’Sessions, Markees Williams and Divine Destiny and so much more!
It’s FREE and Open to the Public!!!!!

PARTY at the AUTRY (Start of the Summer series!) 
Autry Museum’s popular summer dance series, Thursday evenings July 7–August 18. All ages welcome, reservations recommended
6:00 p.m. Tacos and drinks available for purchase
6:00–8:00 p.m. Galleries and Autry Store open
6:30 p.m. Music begins
7:30 p.m. Complimentary dance lesson led by Enio Cordoba

 

 

Posted by on June 29, 2016 in Assembly Craft, Collage Craft

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Summer Craft • June 22nd, 2016

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This WednesdayJune 22nd, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT. 
Project: A Summer Craft and Shannon Dedman’s Birthday!   
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar • Akbar, the cocktail company

Now that Summer arrived and burnt all our faces off (a fun preview for what will surely astonish us further in months to come) it’s time to get going on SUMMER CRAFTS!!!
And it’s also the birthday of Shannon Dedman, one of our CraftNight Lieutenants. She is brave and true and circling the sun for another illustrious birthday celebration! She loves a good craft, so that’s exactly what we’ll do.
I’m not totally sure what the summer craft is going to be, I’m keeping it loose.
It’s going to be a great time though, because we’ll have birthday treats for all, there will be merriment and smiles, and we will absolutely have crisp, ice cold air conditioning!!!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

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June 27th • Monday • Akbar • 8pm to 10pm – It’s BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!

Your favorite night of winning spectacular prizes in a room full of your favorite people! Girls, Boys, Balls, Ink, Paper, Numbers, Yelling, Winning, YAY!!!

 

Posted by on June 22, 2016 in Mystery Craft!

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